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March 16, 2020
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Our Commitment to Safety

In light of concerns regarding the Coronavirus we also want to assure you that we comply with all applicable infection control regulations and guidelines.  It is important to note that these protocols were not put into place recently in response to the Coronavirus.  Infection control policies for dental offices have been in effect for a long time and we follow them strictly.  In fact, the dental profession has an outstanding track record of preventing cross contamination.

To give you examples of some of our current protocols, we always wear single-use gloves and masks along with eye protection during procedures.  Our dental equipment is either single-use disposable or sterilized in a traditional FDA-approved autoclave according to medical standards.  All work surfaces or items that may be touched throughout the procedure are cleaned with a high-quality disinfectant that kills spores, bacteria, and viruses followed by the placement of a disposable barrier wrap.  Lastly, as always, we thoroughly wash our hands before every patient encounter.

Our office will remain open limited hours for the next two weeks unless  circumstances dictate further measures be taken to prevent the spread of this serious condition.  I appreciate your understanding and cooperation.  Together we can help minimize the effects of this pandemic to our community.  We continue to pray for all of you, your families and friends to remain safe during these troubling times.



COVID-19 symptoms are similar to the cold or flu, and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Be vigilant as severe cases may lead to pneumonia, kidney failure or death.

Mild symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose & Sneezing
  • Muscle Aches & Pain
  • Chills & Fatigue
  • Impaired Liver & Kidney Function



We are following the guidance from the California Dental Association, CDC and other government health agencies and as further measures to keep you safe, we are asking all patients with scheduled appointments or intend to schedule an appointment the following questions:

  1. Have you tested positive for the Coronavirus or have you been told by a medical professional that you are presumed positive?
  2. Do you currently have symptoms described above such as fever, shortness of breath, cough or other flu-like symptoms? Please notify our office to reschedule or postpone your appointment until you are symptom-free. Additionally, if you have either of these symptoms we urge you to consult with your primary care physician for guidance.
  3. Have you been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for the Coronavirus or someone a medical professional indicated was presumed positive in the last 14 days?
  4. Have you traveled outside the United States in the last 14 days?
  5. Are you 65 or older? If you are over the age of 65 Governor Newsom has recommended for the next two weeks to restrict time spent out of the home so we will be contacting you to reschedule your appointment.
  6. Has a medical professional advised you to stay home due to the Coronavirus because you have a serious underlying medical condition?

If you answer “yes” to any of the above questions during a phone call, we will not schedule you unless you have an urgent need to be seen. We will ask you these questions again on a form when you come into the office.  If you answer “yes” to any of these questions in the office, you will be advised reschedule your appointment.

Those at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 include seniors, and people who have serious pre-existing medical conditions including:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Lung Disease

People at higher risk for serious illness and even death from COVID-19 should take extra precautions like:

  • Avoiding Crowds
  • Practicing Social Distancing
  • Washing Hands Often
  • Staying Away from Sick People
  • If COVID-19 is nearby, STAY HOME

High risk people should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.



The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue, and maintain a distance of at least 3 feet from people who are coughing or sneezing. We urge you to follow all CDC guidelines, especially those regarding handwashing and maintaining social distance.

The WHO and CDC advises the following prevention methods:

Wash Hands Frequently
Scrub hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds for visibly dirty hands or an alcohol-based hand rub frequently for non-visibly dirty hands.

Practice Respiratory Hygiene
When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Maintain Social Distancing
Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.

Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose & Mouth
Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.

Clean & Disinfect
Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas such as: tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks.

Animal Proximity Precautions
Practice general hygiene measures when visiting farms, live animal markets, wet markets, animal product markets or contact with wild animals. Ensure regular hand washing with soap and potable water after touching animals and animal products.

Animal Consumption
Avoid eating raw or under-cooked animal products. Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

Mild Symptoms
If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel to hard-hit areas, still seek medical care and be sure to carefully practice basic respiratory and hand hygiene and stay home until you are recovered.

Seek Medical Care Early
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and tell your healthcare provider if you have traveled to an area where the virus has been severely impacted, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has respiratory symptoms.


If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. They will decide whether you need to be tested.

People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.

To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illness should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.

Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.


Working together, we will continue to provide a safe environment for all your treatment needs.

LAST UPDATED:  March 16, 2020

For the most up-to-date information on possible vaccines, treatments, FAQs, news and more, please visit the following official health organizations:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)



If you have questions or concerns, please call us at:



Peter A. Russo, DDS INC.
18800 Main St #201
Huntington Beach, CA 92648


December 21, 2018
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By Peter A. Russo, DDS and Justin M. Braga DDS, MS
August 16, 2018
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August 16, 2018
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Between infancy and the onset of puberty, your child will grow one set of teeth, lose it and grow another; their jaw structure will also change dramatically. This rapid development sets the course for their oral health later in life.

That’s why it’s so important to care for their teeth and gums in these early stages through daily hygiene and regular dental visits for disease prevention and treatment. Hygiene is the cornerstone of this care, and should begin in earnest when your child’s first tooth erupts in the gums, by first gently cleaning around the newly erupted teeth and gums after each feeding with a water-soaked gauze pad.

As they pass their first birthday you can switch to a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste. Children should begin learning to brush around age 2, first by modeling you as you brush together. They should be adept enough by age 6 to brush on their own, at which time you can introduce flossing. We’re more than happy to advise you on technique for both of these hygiene tasks.

Age one is also the time for them to begin regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups. This will help us stay ahead of any developing decay or other issues and perform preventive treatments like dental sealants or fluoride applications. It will also help your child become comfortable with the dental office, which can make it easier for them to develop a long-term habit of regular dental care.

There are also habits you should practice (or avoid) that support good oral health for your child. For example, you shouldn’t allow them to sleep with a pacifier or a bottle filled with anything but water. Breast milk and formula contain some forms of sugar that bacteria can feed on; if this becomes too frequent it can result in higher acid levels that soften enamel and lead to decay. You should also take preventive actions to protect your child from teeth-damaging injuries like playing too close to hard furniture.

All these common sense measures support your child’s oral development. You can then let Nature takes its course as your child develops a healthy mouth for a lifetime.

If you would like more information on oral care for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”

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